Bachelor of Fine Arts - BFA

  • Demand for skilled photographers 
  • State-of-the-art facilities and equipment
  • Fine arts training with commercial applications

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Whether working as an applied or fine artist, the successful photographer is one who can find the most appropriate blend of a developed aesthetic and the science and technology of image-making to produce a legible personal statement. The Photography Program at Marywood offers a strong foundation in the technical skills required of the photographer. Traditional media are stressed, while developments in digital imaging are embraced. Fluency in the medium is enriched and expanded by the study of aesthetics and art/photographic history, as well as through class discussions and critiques, which emphasize the development of the voice of the individual as artist. The relationship of photography to other disciplines, such as illustration and graphic design, is explored in projects involving both areas of study. Marywood’s flexible program is designed to meet the individual needs of the aspiring photographic professional.

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Sam Olfano
Assistant Professor of Art

Dr. Barbara Parker-Bell
Associate Professor of Art

Steven Alexander
Professor of Visual Art

Lynn Pauley
Associate Professor of Illustration, Area Coordinator
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Each area of emphasis is supported by superb facilities, many of which are housed in the Insalaco Center for Studio Arts; as you advance through the program, you'll have access to increasingly sophisticated equipment.

Computer resources include AutoCAD software, web design, layout applications, and technology for graphic design, photography, illustration, and interior architecture majors. There are also weaving looms and blueprint machines; a photography studio with black and white and color darkrooms and an advanced lighting studio; a ceramic studio equipped for a wide variety of techniques; a foundry with metalworking facilities;and sculpture and painting AutoCAD software.

The curricular goal is the development of persons with knowledge, technical skills, conceptual abilities and artistic sensitivity within a supportive environment to prepare them for the demanding and competitive design fields.


My experience at Marywood has driven me to excel in everything I do throughout my design career.

I graduated from Marywood University in 2010 with my BFA in Graphic Design.  I currently serve as the Creative Director at Net Driven, a web design and internet marketing company based in Scranton, PA.  Net Driven focuses on helping independent automotive businesses thrive in their surrounding communities throughout the United States and Canada.

In my position, I oversee the website creation and development process from start to finish.  I ensure that every website meets the high company standard while urging my team of 10 to push their creative limits daily.  I also have a major hand in the online software development arena, collaborating with Net Driven's in-house software development team to create the overall look of online products as well as defining the user experience.  I have even helped shape the company brand by formulating brand guidelines and designing mass marketing materials for Net Driven's own self-promotion.

My experience at Marywood has driven me to excel in everything I do throughout my design career.  Marywood has taught me to always look forward for the next great idea.  I was always encouraged to take that "extra step" with my education through community service and honors coursework.  I currently continue this mission with my team by providing supplemental trainings, reading discussions, and team building activities both in and out of the office that enrich the everyday experience of working for Net Driven.

Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

  • Official SAT and/or ACT scores
  • Completed application
  • Essay
  • Official transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation

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B.F.A. Studio Art (2-D, 3-D)

Within the Bachelor of Fine Arts: Studio Art major, there are two areas of emphasis: 2-D and 3-D. The Studio Art program equips students to meet an everchanging and competitive field through a commitment to creative thinking and endeavor. The goal for students is that they become independent, creative thinkers, responsible to a wide audience and assertive in their own kind of expression. All students take foundation courses, intermediate students take intermediate level 2-D or 3-D courses. In sequential upper-level courses, students choose advanced courses in painting, illustration, ceramics or sculpture. 

Foundation Courses for both 2-D and 3-D Emphases

15 credits

ART 110 Basic Drawing
ART 116 Drawing I
ART 118 Two-Dimensional Design and Color
ART 212 Three-Dimensional Design
ART 233 Painting I
ART 322 Foundation Portfolio Review 0